Louise Walker, aboard a ship about to sail for Europe, 1935Louise Walker, aboard a ship about to sail for Europe, 1935

They Call It Love

February 4, 2013

Hundreds of love letters and diary entries about love, heartbreak, marriage, divorce, and family relationships spanning four generations are among the materials in the Louise Walker McCannel Papers, which the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute received between 2008 and 2012.

Women's Reproductive Rights Around the Globe

January 29, 2013

In 1976, the Portuguese journalist and activist Maria Antonia Palla produced and aired a documentary on Portuguese television titled “Abortion: The Crime Is in the Law.” It documented an illegal abortion clinic and advocated for decriminalization of the procedure. She was jailed for “moral offenses” and “incitation to crime.” Her trial did not occur until 1979.

Cover to Ladies: 1962 addesses from Concord Academy with illustations by Tasha Tudor

Advice to Young Ladies in 1962: Elizabeth Blodgett Hall's Addresses to Concord Academy Graduates

January 15, 2013

Concord Academy is known as a top-flight boarding school whose alumni include Caroline Kennedy and Drew Faust. Much of the school's reputation was built under the administration of Elizabeth Blodgett Hall, who served as headmistress from 1949 to 1963, and whose tenure was marked by her addresses containing advice for the student body.

June Jordan Promotional Photo. 1969. June Jordan Papers, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe InstituteJune Jordan Promotional Photo. 1969. June Jordan Papers, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute

June Jordan: Poet of the People

January 10, 2013

The Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute is proud to serve as the repository of the manuscript and audiovisual collections of the award-winning author, poet, and social and political activist June Jordan.

"Dear Santa": letters from childhood in the Schlesinger Library manuscript collections

December 21, 2012

Scholars have researched the development of gender roles through childhood letters. The Schlesinger Library has several "Dear Santa" letters in our collections. Whether you read them for amusement or to determine a more symbolic meaning is entirely up to you.

Shop Local, Bank Local

November 27, 2012

The community cookbooks in the Schlesinger Library’s culinary collection give us glimpses into the past, though some offer a wider lens than others. Created to raise funds for various civic and religious organizations, they frequently include extensive local advertisements; showing us what we ate and how we ate it is often the least of what we can learn from them.

Celebrating Thanksgiving

November 16, 2012

Among the Annie Ware Winsor Allen Papers held at Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library is a folder titled "Thanksgiving Poems, 1863–1916." The contents document the Thanksgiving celebrations of the Ware family from 1863 to 1908.

Edith Rogers in a procession with Mexican pilot Emilio Carranza and other military men, 1925-1927.Edith Rogers in a procession with Mexican pilot Emilio Carranza and other military men, 1925-1927.

Veterans’ Advocate Edith Nourse Rogers

November 7, 2012

In honor of Veterans Day, we present a highlight from our collection, the Edith Nourse Rogers Papers. The first woman elected to the US Congress from Massachusetts, Edith Nourse Rogers served for 35 years and chaired the Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Election Day: Political Collections at the Schlesinger Library

November 6, 2012

There are many ways for American citizens to participate in the political process. Although elections are central to our form of government, they are only part of the story. After election day, the work continues: changing the status quo is never quick or easy. The Schlesinger Library collects and makes available for research the correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks, and other papers of activists for civil rights, women’s health issues, peace and justice, welfare rights, and labor rights, as well as campaign materials regarding marriage equality, national health insurance, and capital punishment.

Halloween: From a Children’s Holiday to an Adult Extravaganza

October 26, 2012

Halloween has grown from its origins as a Celtic harvest festival and a Catholic celebration of saints and martyrs to be one of America’s favorite holidays. Popular magazines from over the past century, housed at the Radcliffe Institute's Schlesinger Library illustrate the evolution from a simple children’s amusement to an extravaganza for people of all ages and from a small domestic celebration to an $8 billion retail event.